“Back to the Land: Vermont’s Homegrown Spirits Boom” by Jake Blumgart

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In an isolated corner of Vermont, the Northeast Kingdom was once a center for American industry.  Now a cradle of agriculture and seasonal tourism, the region has harnessed its bounty to create a new kind of market – one of truly local spirits. READ FULL ARTICLE

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“13 New Gins Bartenders Are Raving About” by Camper English of Details.com

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In the last few years, hundreds of new gins, like Barr Hill gin produced by Caledonia Spirits of Hardwick, Vermont, have hit the market, each featuring an esoteric botanical selection, standalone appeal (“so good you don’t need a mixer”), a sense of terroir, or something else that makes it sound one-of-a-kind. Most of the bottles are sold regionally at first—in a few select states—and then branch out nationally, making them, for all intents and purposes, brand new in your neck … Continue reading

Live from the Hive: August 2014

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“Burdock, an essential plant” by Annie Watson, Thistle Hill Studio

The crickets are singing nonstop…We’ll be heading to Addison County Field Days, Vermont’s big agricultural fair, this week…Blackberries are ripe. Most days are still very warm, but there’s a chill in the air of an evening. Summer is winding down.

For honey bees, the next six weeks are crucial, for they must make enough honey to see the colony through next winter. That’s why … Continue reading

July Newsletter 2014

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Ascending to the Lakes of the Clouds hut, at the foot of Mt. Washington

On July 4, Justin was feeling very patriotic, and in honor of our first president, filled his backpack with a 750 mL of Barr Hill gin and began the ascent to the Lakes of the Clouds Hut, perched on the side of Mt. Washington, which is the highest peak in the Northeast and is named after George Washington.  The gin was a gift for the crew, … Continue reading